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Developing Materials Fire Response Information for Assessing Fire Hazard and Risk.


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Gann, R. G.

Fire Risk and Hazard Assessment Symposium: Research and Practice: Bridging the Gap. Proceedings. National Fire Protection Research Foundation. June 26-28, 1996, San Francisco, CA, 286-294 pp, 1996.

Keywords:

fire risk; hazard assessment; flammability measurements; product safety

Abstract:

In the presence of a fire, materials and products may respond by producing heat and flames, particulate smoke, and toxic and contaminant gases. This paper summarizes the contributions of products to the growth of fire hazard, offers a framework for reducing the multiple constraints on materials fire specification, characterizes the properties to be measured, and identifies research priorities to bring this concept to reality. This approach offers enhanced freedom for the development of new materials whose proliferation will contribute to an improved degree of fire safety.